Real-ale trail

There are plenty of real ale pubs in Shrewsbury. You're going to have to be selective if you're only in town for the weekend. 

With a medieval mansion in its beer garden, the Nag's Head on Wyle Cop is well worth a visit, or make a trip to the Loggerheads on Church Street, the Three Fishes on Fish Street, the Coach and Horses on Swan Hill and the Salopian Bar on Smithfield Road.

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Situated alongside the River Severn, the Salopian Bar is a unique establishment, offering a great selection of real ales, Belgian beers and ciders, served in a relaxed, contemporary atmosphere. There are eight ales permanently on sale, and the pub holds two real ale festivals each year. There are also three Belgian Beers on draught and a good choice of bottled American and Belgian Beers. The Salopian has won accolades from CAMRA, as well as being named Shrewsbury & West Shropshire Pub of the Year on several occasions.

Please see website for opening hours and more information.

The Bulls Head is a friendly, family-run pub situated on Castle Gates, a minute's walk from the railway station. This traditional town-centre venue offers customers a good selection of drinks and food to enjoy. The pub stocks a variety of cask ales, from the old favourites such as Marston's Pedigree and Banks's Bitter to a few newer additions. The pub hosts regular events such as disco & karaoke nights, drum and bass nights, indie & alternative nights and much more.

The Hop & Friar is a local pub where friends meet to drink good beer and watch sports. There is a sun trap of a garden at the rear and an open fire with a snug area for colder weathers. The Hop & Friar offers some of the finest real ales and selection of drinks available in Shrewsbury.

The Nags Head is a friendly, traditional pub, located on the historic Wyle Cop. In existence since before 1780, the pub has kept the same name throughout its history. The Nags is a perfect place to enjoy a traditional pint of ale and good company. The pub offers a changing selection of ales such as Brakspear Oxford Gold, Salopian Shropshire Gold, Sharps Doom Bar, Stonehouse Station Bitter and Timothy Taylor Landlord.

Named after a Shropshire naval hero, the Admiral Benbow is conveniently situated in the heart of this historic market town. Its offering includes award winning real ales, ciders and a great variety of fine wines and whiskeys. There is a selection of guest ales from established local breweries available throughout the summer months.

An open fire in winter and outdoor seating all year round mean that the Admiral Benbow quite literally extends a warm welcome to all!

The Bull Inn is located on Butcher Row, right in the heart of Shrewsbury town centre. The Bull Inn has seven rooms available, which provide excellent accommodation. Most of the rooms have en-suite facilities or private bathrooms and all are luxuriously decorated and furnished with traditional features. All rooms have colour TV and coffee & tea making facilities. The Bull Inn provides a cosy, comfortable atmosphere to enjoy a wide range of home cooked foods and traditional ales.

Please see website for room prices and menus.

The Kings Head is one of the oldest and best-known pubs in the county town, located on Mardol, close to the River Severn and surrounded by shops and landmarks. The King's Head is a timber-framed Grade 2 listed building, particularly well known for its 15th century wall mural, which draws in many curious tourists. The pub offers a selection of ales, lagers, ciders and soft drinks. Meat is sourced from a local butcher and dishes are cooked from fresh where possible, for the best possible taste.

The Albion Vaults is a traditional inn, conveniently situated a stone's throw from the railway station. The pub has a pleasant atmosphere, great choice of beers and real ales, as well as bar lunches and Sunday specials. Rooms are comfortable and cosy.

The Loggerheads is a traditional beer house, selling good food and real ale. Situated on the corner of St Mary's Street and Church Street, the building is thought to date back to 1665, and it has been recorded as a public house since 1780. The Loggerheads name is a reference to the three leopard's faces' depicted on the Shrewsbury coat of arms. The pub offers traditional games including darts, dominoes and the now less common shove ha'penny. The pub also hosts regular music nights.

Please see website for food menu and opening hours.

Open from 8am until late every day with food available from 8am until 11pm. DJ every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Children welcome until 8pm when dining. Outdoor seating areas, free wi-fi, extensive menu and great selection of real ale.

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